Fastest-growing population also the fastest to die

A disturbing new study coming out of the Journal of Rural Health shows that the infant mortality rate in Manitoba is twice the Canadian average. Led by University of Montreal researcher Zhong-Cheng Luo, the study looked at 25,000 Aboriginal births and 125,000 non-Aboriginal births. According to the study’s abstract, researchers divided the births into four […]

A half-century of the Aboriginal vote

Aboriginal Canadians have been allowed to vote in federal elections for 50 years now. But who’s voting? It was the fall of 1993 and the Canadian federal election campaign was heating up. I was in Grade 10, and one of my history assignments was to poll people in my community about the parties they were […]

Obama shares the wealth

In one of the most controversial announcements to ever come out of the Nobel Foundation, U.S. president Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009. Peace advocates questioned the selection, given the American military presence in many conflicts around the globe. Obama accepted it humbly, and vowed to donate the $1.4 million dollar […]